Maurice E. "Montie" Montgomery, age 80, died at the Lake District Hospital in Lakeview on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, following a brief illness.
Montie was born June 24, 1932, in Hailey, Idaho, to Robert and Margaret (Hamilton) Montgomery.
As a young boy and a young man, he worked as a cowboy during roundups in Idaho. He worked one summer haying at the Hershey Ranch near Wisdom, Mont. He graduated from high school in Mackay, Idaho, in 1950. He spent his early years at the Triumph mine in Hailey. He earned a drafting degree in Salt Lake City, Utah. Following his degree, he became a blasting specialist with dynamite in Arizona and at the Triumph mine in Idaho.
Montie's company, Delph Construction, installed underground utilities on some major projects, including the Trojan Nuclear Plant, the City of Rogue River, one of the expansions at the Portland Airport, and major parts of the city of Gresham, including Mt. Hood Community College.
Following the closure of his company, he also owned and operated the Feather Bed Inn in Chemult, where he also housed "BEARY THE BEAR." In the mid-1980s, he came to Lakeview, where he hauled chips and logs throughout the area, including hauling the last load of logs for the Circle De Lumber Co. in Klamath Falls prior to its closure.
He eventually retired to take care of his cows and chickens at his "ECHO VALLEY RANCH" west of Lakeview.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son Timothy Montgomery, one brother Ree Montgomery and one sister Roberta Richardson.
Survivors include his wife Judy Montgomery of Lakeview; three daughters and sons-in-law Arma Jo and Randy Zimmerman of Nampa, Idaho, Penny and Mark Haney of Sweeny, Texas, and Jennifer and Danny Mueller of Scottsdale, Ariz.; one son Tad Montgomery of Jackson, Idaho; two step-daughters Holly Vaughn of Klamath Falls and Sarah Vaughn of Medford; one sister Nancy Farmer of Filer, Idaho; many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one grand-baby to be; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life service will be held at the Ousley Osterman Huffstutter Funeral Chapel in Lakeview on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at 1 p.m.
Contributions in memory of Montie may be made to the Lake County Library Building Fund, 513 Center St., Lakeview, OR 97630, or Mooseheart Child City & School Inc., Mooseheart, IL 60539, or "help an old cowboy down on his luck."